Mitsubishi’s CanopyStyle Audit was completed in September 2021. It found that Mitsubishi’s sole supplier of cellulose acetate, Daicel, reports receiving dissolving pulp from a supplier that is at low-risk of sourcing from priority Ancient and Endangered Forests and other controversial sources. However, verification will be required of their suppliers to fully confirm low risk.
Other key findings include:
-Mitsubishi’s sourcing policy meets CanopyStyle requirements, and that this has been communicated well with all suppliers and relevant managers;
-It has obtained FSC-CoC certification for its facility, and only procures material that qualifies as FSC Controlled Wood.
Canopy recommends that the Mitsubishi:
-Engage with Daicel to encourage the company to undertake a CanopyStyle Audit. By doing so, Daicel will be able to verify their suppliers are low risk. In turn, Mitsubishi will be able to confirm its low-risk status in their next CanopyStyle audit if sourcing remains the same;
-Ensure that contracts with current and future suppliers include a requirement to implement Mitsubishi’s fibre sourcing and forest policy, and communicate this with suppliers;
-Develop and implement an action plan to collaborate with innovative companies and suppliers to encourage the development of Next Generation alternative fibres in a commercially competitive way.
The audit can be found here:
For more information:
Mr. Yamanaka, Mitsubishi
Mr. Katsumoto, Mitsubishi
Gweneth Langdon, Preferred by Nature
Laura Repas, Canopy
Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation is one of the largest players in chemical manufacturing in Japan, including the production of man-made cellulosic fibre for the textile industry. Its main production site, Toyama Plant, produces Soalon, the only triacetate yarn in the world, from cellulose acetate, derived from wood pulp.
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